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Minor in
Social Welfare


Program Overview

Offered online, the minor in Social Welfare benefits students who plan to work in helping professions where an understanding of human behavior and relationships within social systems is important. The minor enhances and broadens students’ abilities to analyze complex family, individual and societal problems in the contexts of cultural diversity and other social and economic variables. The program increases students’ understanding of society and social behavior and helps develop communication and critical thinking skills.

With a focus on supporting vulnerable individuals, families and communities, the Social Welfare minor could expand your career opportunities in law, criminal justice, health care, medicine, business, science, communication, education and other fields.

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Complement your undergraduate major

This 18-credit-hour minor is flexible, convenient and includes courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements, easing your path to graduation. Contact us or speak with your advisor to learn how this online minor can help you reach your career goals.


The online minor in Social Welfare requires 18 credit hours. A student who is majoring in another UA college may declare a minor in Social Welfare, subject to the requirements of the student’s college. Students majoring in Social Work (BSW) cannot minor in Social Welfare.

Social Welfare minors may not take social work practice courses (SW 310, SW 420, SW 440, SW 441, SW 442, SW 443, SW 444 or SW 490).

Required courses

  • SW 100 Introduction to the Fields of Social Work Practice
  • SW 200 History of Social Welfare in the U.S.
  • SW 351 Oppression and Social Injustice

Choose three elective courses

  • SW 206 Growing Old in America
  • SW 208 Juvenile Delinquency: Causes, Control and Services
  • SW 210 Family and Child Welfare
  • SW 212 Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • SW 320 Volunteerism in Human Services Systems
  • SW 401 Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SW 411 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SW 415 Psychopathology
  • SW 419 International Social Work

Electives are to be selected from among the courses open to non-Social Work majors and for which students have successfully passed the appropriate prerequisites. One of these courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

View more information about this program through the undergraduate catalog.


Before selecting a minor, you must be admitted to a major program (bachelor’s degree). You can pursue the minor of your choice along with your major coursework with approval from your advisor.

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